Sophie Rzepecky

The will to automate material, be it from clay, expired flesh, marble or rubber, has long permeated the social imaginary of humans. Stories of desire and power – from Pygmalion’s awakening kiss upon the marble form of his ideal woman1, to Sophia the Robot modeled on Audrey Hepburn2 create a lineage of icarus-like tendencies to form autonomous intelligence from seemingly inanimate materials...

Fictional Journal’s Issue 03. Uncanny in collaboration with Baltan Laboratories. Online now. 

Projects, Workshops, Articles

The Venice Times Workshop. Vardiya/ the Shift. Pavilion of Turkey, Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. In collaboration with Yelta Köm. 28 May - 2 June, 2018. 

“Can we dance limbs flailing freely scroll to the tune of our own nervous embodiment rhythm is to the beat of the code commanding behind? (...)”

In collaboration with Flee Immediately!. 2017. 

“A surge in immaterial labour and networks allow the potential for new pathways to develop and open up discourse around alternative methods of cultural stability...”
ProjectThis is Work. Fictional Collective x Depot Basel. 2015.

“In an increasingly image-based world, reading is becoming seeing. How we consume and relate to information is becoming increasingly performative, immersive and experiential. Within design practice, have aesthetics become content? (...)” 1

Project. Fictional Journal. 2016 - ongoing.

In 1959, designers Charles and Ray Eames were commissioned by the United States Information Agency USIA to make a film about a day in the life of the United States as part of the cultural exchange between the Soviet Union and the USA. The film ‘Glimpses of the USA’ was projected onto seven screens in one of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes inside the Sokolniki Park in Moscow, USSR.

“Fragile Structures (...)” 

Article. Nicole Wermers, Croissants and Architecture. DAMn Magazine. 2017.

“Value as a non-economic notion is one of the hardest concepts to tackle. Although immaterial, value is one of the core ideas that shape society, influence hearts and minds, but it defies easy definition (...)”

Image Essay. Maaike Lauwaert & Francien van Westrenen. Facing Value: Radical Perspectives from the Arts. 2017.


Sophie Rzepecky is a designer, editor and curator from Aotearoa New Zealand. With a masters in Social Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven, she has an avid interest in expanding the field of ‘design’ by connecting interdisciplinary modes of creative knowledge through publications, exhibition-making, workshops and happenings. She has worked at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and OMA. Currently working with Studio Tomás Saraceno. Member of Fictional Collective. Based in Berlin.

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In 2016, I co-initiated Fictional Journal to facilitate design responses to societal questions and issues, generating collective knowledge and debate while questioning design methodology through diverse media.